2016 saw the staging in Paris of one of the forerunners of GLOBAL INDUSTRIE: the Convergence Industrie du Futur event, which brought together the MIDEST and SMART INDUSTRIES shows.
This marked the first appearance of a space where visitors could discover the know-how of major French groups driving forward the Industry of the Future.
The initiative was supported by Emmanuel Macron, then the Minister of the Economy, and the Alliance Industrie du Futur, and was a great success. Drawing on this, it returned in 2018 for the first GLOBAL INDUSTRIE ...

… and again in 2019 for its first visit to Lyons!

Training and skills are another focal point for this space.


For the last ten years, a series of reports have highlighted a lack of French investment in the Industry of the Future.  

Or, to be more precise, a lack of investment by SMEs, despite the fact that they are such a source of innovation.  

As we finalize this article, we learn that a tax allowance has been introduced to allow enhanced depreciation for investment in Industry of the Future equipment. This represents a highly attractive return on an investment, and it has been trialled by professionals, although, in this instance, it is focused exclusively on SMEs.  

It is in response to the fact that it is largely their weak margins that are holding back their ability to invest. 
The figures speak for themselves. Whilst French industry had 32,233 robots in 2014, Italy had 59,823 and Germany 175,768.

With more substantial resources at their disposal, the major groups have been able to adapt to the Industry of the Future, and have achieved substantial gains in productivity and flexibility in the process.
However, given that the success of industry depends on the effectiveness of team working and the overall performance of the entire supplier chain, they have very quickly realized the importance of helping the SMEs with whom they work take this decisive step, so as to be more responsive as a whole and technologically and economically competitive. 

The GLOBAL INDUSTRIE demonstrator space is playing its role in this by enabling visitors in general and SMEs in particular to learn about what the Industry of the Future has to offer (new technologies, trades) and to forge or strengthen links with major customers.



Digital transformation
is not a strategic priority
for 87%
of the managers of France’s
small and medium-sized companies….






This is the setting where France’s largest groups have unveiled their know-how and new skills between 2016 and 2018. 
AIR LIQUIDE, for example, used it to present two key projects, which received awards from Bpifrance and the AIF: Connect and FAIR.
Still in the energy sector, EDF presented its packages and services for helping companies move towards an industry that is connected, optimized and innovative.
ENGIE focused on its Darwin digital platform for the real time tracking and operational control of its renewable assets around the world. 



Helping SMEs to engage
with digital transformation is an
« absolute necessity ».
CPME press release